Everglades battle: Python loses fight with alligator

Everglades National Park is the site of an epic ecosystem battle between invasive species and local flora and fauna.

Burmese python are one of the most damaging of the unwelcome transplants, decimating local wildlife as they flourish in the warm brackish waters of South Florida.

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But in a site witnessed by South Florida Water Management District employees last week, a Florida alligator won a small victory for the state’s locals.

Near the east side of the park, an alligator vs. python encounter ended badly for the python.

Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District, Homestead Field Station

Photo courtesy South Florida Water Management District, Homestead Field Station

The Burmese python is known to swallow entire alligators and is at the top of the food chain in the Everglades.

It is also is blamed for driving several smaller species of wildlife to near-extinction.

A native of subtropical Asia, the python is believed to have gained a foothold in the Everglades because of the combination of irresponsible pet owners and Hurricane Andrew in 1992, which damaged zoos, pet shops and exotic animal warehouses that allowed the reptiles to escape.

 

 

 

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